Feb. 20, 2011
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Forward Morgan Masye posted her second-straight career-high with 27 points and Brianna Hypolite posted a career-high 13 rebounds to lead the Rice Owls to a convincing 79-52 road victory over Southern Miss inside Reed Green Coliseum. The win is Rice's eighth on the road this season and fourth in Conference USA. The Owls are now 17-10 overall and 9-4 in C-USA play. The Golden Eagles fall to 10-16 and 5-8 in league action.
Mayse previously posted her career-high with 23 points in Thursday's win over UTEP. Rice head coach Greg Williams also received production from freshman Jessica Kuster who scored 17 points by making 11 of 14 from the free throw line with 7 rebounds. Hypolite also tallied 7 points.
Owl point guard D'Frantz Smart, with a game-high 8 assists, is now Rice's single season assist record holder with 155 assists. Smart surpasses Dede Brantley's 1987 total of 152. She also had a game-high 6 steals and 9 points. Jessica Goswitz nailed two three-pointers and finished with 8 points. Megan Elliott came off the bench and also hit two treys.
The Owls where up 15-11 when Morgan Mayse started a 17-4 run with a three-pointer, the first of five treys in the run. In the first 20 minutes, Rice canned 7 of 12 three-pointers (58 percent) and made 52 percent.
USM turned the ball over 11 times and shot 40 percent. The Golden Eagles also committed 11 fouls as Rice made 9-13 from the stripe. Rice is now 15-0 when leading at the half.
Morgan Mayse scored the first five points of the second half with a short jumper and a trey from the right wing to tie her career-high with 23 points in the contest. Southern Miss then scored eight straight points capped by Washington banking in a three-pointer from the left wing. The Owls then countered by scoring 8 straight points themselves for a 59-37 lead (13:54).
The Owls biggest lead was 28 (77-49) with 1:28 to play after trey by Memri Carmon.
For the game, Rice shot 45.5 percent from the field with 21 assists. USM only shot 29.6 percent in the second-half to finish at 35.6 percent with 20 turnovers and 22 fouls. Rice made 19 of 26 free throws (73 percent) and outrebounded USM 41 to 30.
Tanesha Washington led the Golden Eagles with 21 points and 8 rebounds.
Rice hosts two games next week. First up on Thursday, Feb. 24 is Tulane at 7 p.m. and then the Owls honor their seniors vs. Houston on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.